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Expanding Open Procurement Markets Under the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement: Brazil – A Case Study in Opening the BRICS

The leading free trade agreement in procurement, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), is missing the BRICS: the world’s most important developing economies, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, have all failed to join. GW Law hosted this open colloquium, where a panel of senior procurement experts from Brazil, joined by senior members of the U.S. trade and procurement communities, explored the key hurdles to be met in bringing Brazil and the other BRICS into the GPA.

Program materials available online.

Link to video of colloquium.

Panel Topics

  • The GPA accession process — how the WTO views it, and how potential new entrants see it
  • Political and economic challenges for Brazil and other developing nations in preparing to join the GPA
  • The road to harmonization in procurement rules, between Brazil and the world
  • Addressing Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) preferences
  • “Buy Brazilian” — unique problems raised by domestic preferences

Panelists and Moderators

  • Alecia Bicalho, Motta & Bicalho
  • Augusto Dal Pozzo, Dal Pozzo Advogados
  • Cesar Pereira, Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini
  • Maurício Ribeiro, Portugal Ribeiro Advogados
  • Jean Heilman Grier , Principal Trade Consultant, Djaghe, LLC
  • Johannes Schnitzer, SchnitzerLaw, Vienna
  • Robert Anderson, World Trade Organization
  • Daniel I. Gordon, Steven L. Schooner, Joshua Schwartz, Jessica Tillipman, and Christopher R. Yukins, The George Washington University Law School